Sore throats are a common side effect of colds and flu, but also of dry, over-heated homes. Postnasal drip from colds and open-mouth breathing due to nasal congestion can both create sore throats. Although sore throats like these are generally worse in the morning and calm down as the day progresses, it is still nice to soothe the pain. At least you can swallow without pain and eat. Here are some home remedies for soothing a sore throat:
- Gargle several times a day with warm salt water using 1/2 tsp. of salt in 1 cup warm water.
- Some people find relief by gargling warm water mixed with cayenne, but do not exceed 1/8 tsp. of the hot stuff. The pepper acts like an anesthetic and numbs the pain.
- Tea or simply warm water sweetened with honey, which can help relieve coughing, too.
- Combine many of the above treatments together and add some vinegar! This spicy, old home remedy is made by adding one tsp. of apple-cider vinegar, a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper, juice from 1/4 lemon, and one tsp. honey to a cup of hot water. Drink four cups per day.
- Cold liquids or popsicles help some sore throats and this is a winning technique with children, young and old.
- Sucking on hard candies or throat lozenges (I like Ricola cough drops) can be very soothing, because it increases saliva production and helps keep the throat moist.
- Use a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier to moisten and sooth a dry and painful throat.
- You can always try over-the-counter pain medications, such as acetaminophen to help dull the pain.
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Not all sore throats can be treated or cured with home remedies. Please review this post When a Sore Throat Needs Medical Attention for symptoms that should send you to a doctor.
Do you have a home remedy for sore throats. Tell me about it in the comments section below.